The Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) hosted a conference on a North Sea offshore grid. The conference discussed issues related to the development of a North Sea offshore grid like permitting and regulation.
“A transnational North Sea offshore grid will considerably boost the electricity trade between member states and thus make an important contribution towards the implementation of the internal energy market in Europe”, BMWi state secretary Stefan Kapferer said in his opening address. “The North Sea offshore grid will enable our neighbours and ourselves to better use the potential of offshore wind power and onshore wind power in the coastal regions”, he added, pointing out that Germany was working towards that goal with its European neighbours, e.g. in the North Seas Countries Offshore Grid Initiative.
First results of the work of the North Seas Countries Offshore Grid Initiative (NSCOGI) were presented at the conference. NSCOGI is a collaboration of Germany, Belgium, France, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the European Commission to create an integrated offshore energy grid which links wind farms and other renewable energy sources across the northern seas of Europe (for more information, please see here ).
Source: Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology 
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